2020-2021 CAIS Partners

Thanks to all our partners for their generous support.

At its core, we believe the CAIS Partnership Program is about a partnership between organizations that serve CAIS schools and the schools themselves. There are three levels of partnership and, in each, we want to customize the program to fit your needs so you can best serve our schools. To learn more about our partnership program, contact Diane Brewer.

Principal Conference Partners

Lauren  La Chance


ConnectiCare is a leading health plan in the state of Connecticut. A local company for almost 40 years, ConnectiCare has a full range of products and services for businesses, municipalities, individuals and those who are Medicare-eligible. By striving to make it easy for members to get the care they need, ConnectiCare leads the individual market in the state, and is ranked among the top commercial health plans in the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. ConnectiCare is part of the EmblemHealth family of companies. For more information, visit connecticare.com.

Jeff Clark


Flagship Networks is an Information Technology leader focused on providing custom technology solutions to clients of all sizes. We have nearly two decades of experience working with customers in all industries from schools and municipalities to healthcare institutions and professional practices Our comprehensive consulting, implementation, monitoring and support capabilities, combined with profound industry knowledge and IT expertise, help our clients achieve their technology goals and run their business more productively.

Chris Brigham


Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C., with four offices throughout the state of Connecticut, represents a wide range of education law clients in a variety of practice areas including Commercial Lending and Banking, Employment, Healthcare, Real Estate, Governance, Taxation, Environmental, and Trust & Estates. We believe in a common sense approach to legal issues and challenges facing our education and business clients. Our firm provides legal and counseling services to independent schools on a variety of matters. Our attorneys have the expertise to help schools navigate internal and external investigations, student discipline issues, employment issues, municipal tax exemption matters, school/parent relationships, board relationships and governance issues, by-law reviews, student, parent and faculty handbook reviews, and vendor, staff and faculty contract preparation and review.

Select Conference Partners

Eric Rappaport 610-724-8286

With more than 90 years of foodservice management experience, Brock understands that no two clients have the same needs. We take the time to learn about our client’s culture and traditions as we design a custom foodservice solution. For more information on how Brock can develop a dining program for your CAIS school, email Eric Rappaport at [email protected] or visit www.brockco.com 

John Toscano 860-231-6612

CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. With 7,400 people, more than 120 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we promise to know you and help you.

CLA professionals understand education because we’ve been serving the industry for more than 50 years. We offer the expertise that independent schools need to navigate challenges and achieve long-term goals. Our distinctive approach combines a deep understanding of the independent school environment with expertise in finance and operations. We meet you where you are, and help you get where you want to be.
Michael LeBlanc 203-938-8400 From consulting and training to project implementation and customer support, CCi Voice is with you every step of the way. We're not just phones. Our comprehensive approach to customer care begins with knowledgeable and competent staff members who do not only sell products, but also have the technical capacity to ensure the continuing availability and excellent performance of the equipment and software you purchase. This allows you to have a most rewarding experience with your investments.
Our technicians and engineers can either collaborate with your IT staff on project planning and implementation or we can assume the role of your IT staff ourselves. With our team’s expertise and storied experience, you can rest assured that every project will be handled with quality workmanship, along with the absolute best equipment, components, and software available in the market.
Paul Ballasy 959-200-7244 CohnReznick LLP is one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, combining the deep resources of a national firm with the hands-on, agile approach that today's dynamic business environment demands. With diverse industry expertise, the Firm provides companies with the insight and experience to help them break through and seize growth opportunities. The Firm, with origins dating back to 1919, is headquartered in New York, NY with over 3,000 employees in offices nationwide. CohnReznick is a member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors. For more information, visit www.cohnreznick.com.
Cara Hart   Welcome to CREC's online marketplace. Here you'll find your best value for supplies by purchasing through our pre-negotiated contracts. Our marketplace brings you the ease and convenience of ordering from multiple vendors from one site, while knowing that the contracts you are purchasing from have been chosen according to approved purchasing regulations. We offer over 75 contracts for Turf, Tracks, Courts, Infill, Instructional and STEM Products, Custodial and Grounds Equipment and Supplies, Playgrounds, Furniture, LED and Sports Lighting, Roofing, Automobiles and more!
Sean Kenney 617-548-3205 Independent schools engage EarlyBird Power to save money on their energy costs. CAIS selected EarlyBird Power to manage the CAIS Energy Coop, an energy buying group that leverages the volume of 46 participating schools. By aggregating the total load of the group, each school is able to secure the lowest available rates for their electricity and natural gas supply. CAIS member schools also seek EarlyBird's expertise in leveraging rebates for energy efficiency upgrades, sourcing green power, and exploring solar installations on their campuses. Contact EarlyBird Power if you would like a no-cost utility bill audit or to learn more about the CAIS Energy Coop for your school.
Anthony Tata 860-289-3507 Finalsite is the preferred website, communications, and marketing platform of 5,000+ schools worldwide. Our people, products and services transform how schools connect and engage with their community, recruit students and staff, and fundraise; while managing the complex requirements around data privacy, accessibility, hosting and security. Finalsite products and services include award-winning website designs, a robust content management system, innovative inbound marketing tools, data integration, training, support and marketing consulting. With a 95% retention rate year-over-year, Finalsite is the choice of more than 600 NAIS member schools and hundreds of school districts in the U.S., and international schools and universities in 100 countries around the world. Finalsite is headquartered in Glastonbury, CT with offices throughout the US, as well as in the U.K., Germany, and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.finalsite.com
  Chris Duble 978-322-7225 Fred C. Church is an insurance broker and risk management adviser specializing in educational institutions - property/casualty insurance broker for the Nutmeg Group.
Bryan Dodge 860-494-7927  
  Chris Cappello 617-535-6946 New England Retirement Consultants provides fiduciary oversight and investment consulting to school retirement plans & endowments. We are a Federally Registered Investment Advisory firm with no broker-dealer affiliations which means we are obligated by law to work in our client’s best interest. We have tailored education for 403(b) & 457(b) plans to make sure your employees are on-track to retire successfully. Our investment advisory services are client specific and provides fiduciary protection for school management and trustees.  We help schools create effective fiduciary oversight by becoming your investment fiduciary partner. Put New England Retirement Consultants to work for your school; Improving plans for tomorrow is what we do best – we take good plans and transform them into better plans! www.ne-rc.com

Sherry Ephraim 914-588-8523 By allowing you to focus on your core mission, working with Sodexo makes it easier to maintain a reputation of excellence. Leave things like repairs, maintenance, food service, and more, to us, so you can get your students started on the best foot forward.
Julie Fay 860-251-5000

Shipman’s Independent School lawyers understand firsthand the complex issues and distinctive nature of the independent school environment. As experienced advisors in the education and school law field, we are counsel to over 150 educational institutions, including a diverse group of independent day and boarding schools, including Montessori, K-12, junior boarding, and religiously affiliated schools. Working across internal school departments, from the head of school to human resources, we provide integrated counsel tailored to meet the needs of the school community. We understand the complexity of the school environment and our clients’ need to have practical, real-time solutions to even the most complicated legal issues in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether our clients are navigating a student discipline matter or employment claim, engaging in new campus construction, or managing the global disruptions caused by COVID-19, we have them covered.

Kara Bacik Gruss 860-547-1970

TSKP STUDIO is a diverse architectural practice that continues the legacy of our founder, Tai Soo Kim, who grew the firm to international recognition through a dedication to hard-work, exploration and commitment to logical and elegant design. Our work follows no set style but rather it responds to the unique context of each site and client to arrive at a design solution so simple and elegant as to seem obvious. By embracing the diversity and talents of our staff we leverage a broad range of skills and experiences to provide fresh solutions to complex challenges. Regardless of project scope, size or budget, our definition of success is creating spaces that positively impact the life, productivity and wellbeing of our clients and end-users.


2020 - 2021 Sponsors

Thanks to all our conference sponsors for their generous support.
Joseph Cichowski 203-572-0200 X303 Ash Creek Enterprises specializes in a wide range of services, including tailored IT services and solutions for small and medium sized businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in Stratford, Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. We are committed to providing each and every one of our clients with high quality service and support. Our unparalleled IT team is incredibly friendly and will help you every step of the way in supporting your organization.
  Christopher Cykley 860-452-6752 CSG is a strategic collaboration of professionals providing a level of expertise garnered from their collective years in the construction industry that is incomparable to our competitors. We are exclusively focused on providing exceptional owner’s project management services. Our staff serve as an extension of yours – working with your best interests in mind throughout all phases of project planning, design and construction.
Russell Learned 860-767-0175 Centerbrook Architects has designed learning and social environments tailored for 49 independent schools. Our goal is to discover each school's distinctions and make comfortable places for all kinds of individuals. Schools tell us our collaborative methods help them define goals, set priorities, and articulate visions that reflect their characters and support their missions.

Jeff Gustfeld 860-395-0055 X187 Colliers Project Leaders is the Owner’s Project Management and Commissioning & Energy Services Group of Colliers International, an international leader in commercial real estate. We help facility leaders and owners advance the built environment by assisting them to build amazing schools, workplaces, and communities. Colliers Project Leaders was established in 1996 and today is made up of over 120 professionals working from multiple offices throughout the Northeast with our headquarters located in Madison, CT.
Dan Froelich 212-223-5358 D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Fixed Income Capital Markets group is a national leader in raising capital through fixed income banking, distribution and depository strategy. With 32 locations in 20 states, the group is consistently ranked among the top firms in the country for number of national negotiated transactions by Refinitive/SDC. The fixed income team serves new issue clients in public finance and taxable debt issuance, and maintains a diverse sales and trading group interacting with taxable and tax-exempt investors including banks, credit unions, insurance companies, bond funds, money managers and trust companies.
Cathy Vittorio 860-646-2469 Fuss & O’Neill has been delivering a comprehensive suite of engineering, scientific, planning, and design disciplines serving public and private sector clients for more than 95 years. Our engineers, scientists, and planners bring decades of experience delivering integrated services across multiple disciplines. We place great emphasis on collaboration, both within the company and with our clients. Our mission is to provide our clients with innovative and practical solutions.


Jerry Joseph 412-901-9271

P&D is not your typical school software and website design company.  Our “High Tech, High Touch Services” means that we maintain almost daily contact with the schools we work with so that managing data from birth to bequest is an ongoing collaboration. This solution–a combination of our software and our services–has been in development since 2008 and is now comprised of over 15 totally integrated apps with customizable components, mobile flexibility and seamless integration with a school’s website, as well as the likes of SchoolMessenger, DiamondMind, Google and more.

Lisa Appell 860-678-0066

Research Services is a pre-employment background screening company. We have been in business since 1996 and began our focus on independent schools in 2002. The national presence of our company allows us to cater to the specific needs of our clients to produce a comprehensive background check while providing a personal work experience which is no longer found in today's marketplace. We have been members of the Professional Background Screening Association since 2003 and recognize the importance of a quick turnaround time and affordable reports.

Tanya Cutolo 860-983-0952 The S/L/A/M Collaborative is distinguished by design excellence and integrated services. A national leader in planning and design for independent schools, SLAM brings a high level of expertise as a multi-discipline design firm with project experience at over 60 independent school campuses.SLAM’s integrated project management approach ensures seamless and experienced oversight to improve cost efficiencies, maximize team effectiveness and ensure successful outcomes.With a depth of experience and in-house resources, SLAM has the ability to exceed your project expectations. Our extensive industry knowledge as planners, designers and builders, bolsters our reputation as trusted leaders and advisors and adds value at a level that is unique among architectural and construction management firms.